Mercedes-Benz will soon debut a newly-developed four-cylinder petrol engine in its upcoming premiere of the E-Class Coupe and Cabriolet with performance comparable to that of a high performance six-cylinder engine yet with reduced fuel consumption – rated at 6.7L/100 km for the Coupe and 6.8L/100km for the Cabriolet.
The models to receive this new engine, codenamed M264, together with a 48-volt on-board electrical system are the E350 Coupe and Cabriolet. The engine’s special features include twin-scroll turbochargers, a belt-driven starter-alternator (EQ Boost) and an electric water pump which will be powered by the 48V on-board electrical system.
Performance figures stand at 299 hp with 400 Nm of torque; with the additional 48V starter-alternator supplementing a further 15 hp and 100 Nm of torque. Drive will be delivered through an innovative 9-speed 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission. 0 to 100 km/h in the Coupe will take 5.9 seconds while the Cabriolet achieves the same in 6.1 seconds.
If there is any doubt as to the performance claim by Mercedes-Benz, that the four cylinder engine will rival that of larger 6-cylinder powerplants, the E400 Coupe with a 3.0-litre V6 pushes out 333 hp with 480 Nm of torque.
Aside from the E350, both the Coupes and Cabriolets also come in E200 4MATIC with 184 hp and 300 Nm of torque while the E22oD 4MATIC gets 194 hp with 400 Nm of torque.
New to the E350 Coupe includes Rubellite Red and Diamond Silver finishes as well as light longitudinal-grain aluminium trim elements. As for the Cabriolet can be given a sporty touch with the Night Package which includes an AMG front apron with high-gloss black trim elements, a diamond radiator grille with integral Mercedes star, exterior mirror housings in high-gloss black and chrome trim elements on the high-gloss black bumper.
Both models come with the Energizing Comfort Control as an option where it includes climate control, ambient lighting, massage and fragrancing functions according to the programmes selected according to the driver’s mood. The “programmes” include Freshness, Warmth, Vitality, Joy, Comfort and Training. All programmes run for ten minutes as they’re visualised on the media display with colour graphics, and backed by suitable music.
What’s cool is that aside from triggering the alarm in the event of a break-in into the vehicle, the Anti-Theft Protection package has also been extended to detect contact with another vehicle, i.e. an accident. In such cases, the vehicle will send the owner an SMS to notify of possible damages.